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  • Acting for Two: Grogan/Logan Creed is also Mads Krügger.
  • Career Resurrection: Not only is the promotion an unofficial springboard for various wrestlers' careers, its also a platform for wrestlers to continue or revive their careers in front of a national audience. Notable examples: Low Ki, Tom Lawlor, Simon Gotch, PCO, and Teddy Hart to name a few.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Lio Rush made his own entrance theme titled "Feel It" (also known as "Entrance").
    • Myron Reed’s new theme is "Yung Goat" (also known as "Young GOAT") by himself under his Kid Reed alias.
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  • The Other Marty: Although Joey Styles was the host of MLW Underground TV, his voice has been replaced on the DVDs by Kevin Kelly.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • MLW Underground used Powerman 5000’s "When Worlds Collide" for its intro theme. It later used Tomoyasu Hotei‘s "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" for the episodes filmed in 2004.
    • Raven used The Offspring's "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)", of course.
    • The Sandman used Metallica's "Enter Sandman," of course.
    • Shane Douglas used Deep Purple’s "Perfect Strangers".
    • Dusty Rhodes used Jackyl’s "I Stand Alone".
    • Terry Funk used Eagles’ "Desperado".
    • Norman Smiley used The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize".
    • D'Lo Brown used 50 Cent’s "What Up Gangsta".
    • Vampiro used Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards' "Dead American."
    • "Dr. Death" Steve Williams used KISS's "I Love It Loud."
    • Sabu used Fight’s "Little Crazy".
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    • Tony Mamaluke used N-Trance's "Stayin' Alive Remix".
    • Jerry Lynn used Fear Factory‘s "Scapegoat".
    • Mike Awesome used Bruce Dickinson’s cover of Scorpions’ "The Zoo".
    • Simon Diamond used Drain STH’s "Simon Says".
    • The Extreme Horsemen used Scooter's "Fire", New Order‘s "Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix)", and LL Cool J’s "Deepest Bluest".
    • CM Punk used L7’s "Shitlist".
    • Christopher Daniels used Marilyn Manson’s "Disposable Teens".
    • Homicide used Hatebreed’s "I Will Be Heard" before he joined Black Friday Management.
    • Jimmy Yang used Rage Against the Machine’s "Bombtrack".
    • Sonjay Dutt used Truth Hurts’ "Addictive (Remix) feat. Rakim".
    • Michael Shane used Sugar Ray’s "Caboose".
    • Fuego Guerrero used The Prodigy’s "Firestarter".
    • Ikuto Hidaka used Adema‘s "Immortal".
    • Taiyo Kea used Korn’s "Falling Away From Me".
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    • Richard J. Criado used Helloween’s "Perfect Gentleman" by and Rammstein’s "Du Hast".
    • NOSAWA used Korn’s "Thoughtless".
    • Kid Romeo used 50 Cent’s "In Da Club".
    • Paul London used Drowning Pool’s "The Man Without Fear".
    • Billy Fives used Soulfly’s "Seek 'n' Strike".
    • Fast Eddie used Children of Bodom‘s "Children of Decadence".
    • Don Juan used Depeche Mode’s "In Your Room (The Jeep Rock Mix)".
    • Josh Daniels used Godsmack’s "Dead and Broken".
    • Masada used Korn‘s "Thoughtless".
    • Kenzo Suzuki used The Prodigy’s "Smack My Bitch Up".
    • Hot Commodity (EZ Money & Julio Dinero) used Jackyl’s "Down on Me".
    • Los Maximos used Lost Boyz‘ "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz".
    • The Samoan Island Tribe used Bone Crusher’s "Never Scared".
    • Da Hit Squad used Snoop Dogg "Pump Pump".
    • Since the revival in 2017, numerous wrestlers have begun to use instrumental versions of well-known songs thanks to Bauer's connection to the hip hop scene such as Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" for Shane Strickland, Wu-Tang Clan's "Uzi (Pinky Ring)" for Ricky Martinez and Shame On A Nigga" for Zenshi (and Dragon Lee before him), Oasis’ "Fuckin’ in The Bushes" for Tom Lawlor, Eminem’s "Guilty Conscience" for Jordan Oliver, Kanye West’s "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" for Richard Holliday and "Black Skinhead" for Rush, Beastie Boys’ "Sure Shot" for Andrew Everett, Dropkick Murphys’ "The Lonesome Boatman" for Timothy Thatcher, Mf Doom’s "Horehound" for Marko Stunt, The Killers’ "The Man" for Ace Romero, Rick Ross’s "3 Kings (feat. Dr. Dre and Jay-Z)" for Teddy Hart, Janet Jackson’s "Black Cat" for Brian Pullman Jr., Wale’s "By Any Means (feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Pill)" for Calvin Tankman, Nine Inch Nails’ "Hyperpower" for Alexander Hammerstone previously (with his new theme being an instrumental of Queens of the Stone Age’s "You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millonaire") and "The Hand That Feeds" for Ace Austin, Ennio Morricone’s "The Man With A Harmonica" for Leo Brien, Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song" for Brody King, The Chats’ "Smoko" for Adam Brooks, The Prodigy’s "Firestarter" for Flamita, Bon Jovi’s "Bad Medicine" for Dr. Wagner Jr. and his son, Alice in Chains’ "Man In The Box" for Tommy Dreamer, Ted Nugent’s "Stranglehold" for the Von Erichs, and Beanie Sigel's "The Truth" for Low Ki just to name a few.
    • MLW Fusion uses "Bait" by Young Koo (The Money Gitta) as the main theme, and also replaced it with Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón’s "La Murga (Dee Jay Theory Remix)" for the episodes produced by Salina de la Renta (and for her entrances when by herself).
    • Dan Severn’s one time appearance at the 2019 Battle Riot had him use Queen’s "We Will Rock You".
    • Martin Stone used The Hives "Tick Tick Boom".
    • Mia Yim used Ice Cube’s "No Vaseline".
    • Darby Allin used Grindline the Band’s "Lonely Freak".
    • Jeff Cobb used Korn‘s "Coming Undone".
    • Jimmy Yuta used Mega Drive’s "I am the Program (Perturbator Remix)".
    • Jimmy Havoc used AFI’s "I Hope You Suffer" pre-Fusion.
    • Sami Callihan used Muddy Magnolias’ "American Woman (David Lynch Remix)".
    • Mance Warner used Shooter Jennings’ "Daddy’s Farm".
    • Bestia 666 used Brujería’s "Bruja".
    • Gringo Loco uses Kausion’s "What You Wanna Do (feat. Ice Cube)".
    • Dominic Garrini used DJ Muggs & Planet Asia’s "That's What It Is".
    • Logan Creed used Faith No More’s "Jizzlobber".
    • Konnan used Wyclef Jean’s "Guantanamera" in his match with Low Ki.
    • Savio Vega uses Héctor Lavoe & Willie Colón‘s "El Dia de Suerte".
    • Magnus (the luchador) used deadmau5‘s "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff".
    • Douglas James used Awolmation’s "Run".
    • Erick Steven’s used A Day To Remember’s "Mr. Highway’s Thinking About The End".
    • Chandler Hopkins used Hank Williams Jr.’s "A Country Boy Can Survive".
    • Lance Anoa’i used Oh No‘s "Welcome To Los Santos".
    • LA Park uses The Herbaliser’s (feat. Teenburger) "March of the Dead Things (Hugo Kant Remix)" in the revival. He used Santana’s "Oye Como Va" in the Underground years.
      • His sons use the original instrumental version of the song though (when they wrestle on their own that is).
    • Davey Richards uses Enforcer’s "Katana".
    • Zicky Dice used Garth Knight’s "Breakpoint".
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Davey Boy Smith Jr. used the main theme from defunct MMA promotion PRIDE FC as his entrance theme in singles matches.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In addition to being a Real Song Theme Tune, the current theme for Team Filthy is Henry Rollins’ "I Have Come To Kill You", which is obviously one to Queen’s "We Will Rock You".
  • What Could Have Been: Oh, gee, where to begin?
    • The TV episodes taken from MLW War Games in September hyped the October event, which, due to the company's poor financial status, never happened. Similarly the TV episodes for the 2004 Reload shows hyped that the next shows would be using a six sided ring, a few months before TNA began using theirs, but once again it didn’t happen.
    • Jerry Lawler was originally supposed to have been on Terry Funk's team the Funkin' Army (with the Sandman and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams) in War Games against the Extreme Horsemen (Corino/Anderson/Diamond and two partners who would, at the show, be revealed to have been Barry Windham and PJ Walker [Justin Credible]).note  WWE apparently pulled Lawler out of the match. Funk/Sandman/Doc would go into the match at a disadvantage...until Sabu, with his arm in a cast, and manager Bill Alfonso made their way out and joined the match. Funk scored the win for his team by burning Corino with a flaming branding iron and making him submit to the Spinning Toe Hold. This was supposed to have led to a Funk vs. Corino Dog-Collar Match.
    • Paul London and Jerry Lynn were supposed to have a rematch at MLW Rise of the Renegades, but London was unable to compete due to his signing with WWE and Lynn berated London in a promo. Homicide would show up to replace London as Lynn's opponent.
    • There were apparently plans for the tag team of luchadors Damian 666 and Halloween aka Mexico’s Most Wanted to debut in the promotion in 2004, but the promotion closed down before they could do so.
    • There were plans to bring in the luchador Super Porky, but nothing came off it.
    • Shane Douglas was scheduled to face Steve Corino for the heavyweight championship in 2004, but the promotion closed down before that happened.
    • Rush was scheduled to face off against one of his long time rivals L.A. Park during WrestleMania weekend as part of MLW's Fusion tapings. That match had to be cancelled as a result of Rush signing an exclusive contract to ROH. In Rush's place, Pentagón Jr. is set to face off against Park instead.
    • Jacob Fatu was originally scheduled to debut at MLW The World Championship Final on April 2018 representing Black Friday Management with Stokely Hathaway at his side against Montel Vontavious Porter, for reasons unknown it was cancelled and he disappeared from the roster until he officially debuted a year later.
    • The original plan for the World Middleweight Championship match at the December 14 2018 Zero Hour event was to be MJF vs. Kotto Brazil vs. Jason Cade vs. Mark Stunt in a 4-Way Ladder Match. It was changed to a 5-Way Ladder Match when Marko Stunt broke his leg, which added Dezmond Xavier and Andrew Everett to the match. Then, Jason Cade and MJF (the champion) were taken out due to suffering an ankle and elbow injury respectively, which got them replaced by El Hijo de LA Park turning it back into a 4-Way. Then for reasons unknown Andrew Everett was taken out of the match and replaced with the recently debuted Gringo Loco. Then again, Teddy Hart was added at the last minute and win the match.
    • Sammy Guevara was originally scheduled to be on the the first SUPERFIGHT event, however Guevara double-booked himself on several MLW dates including SUPERFIGHT and was released shortly after.
    • Teddy Hart was supposed to be part of a planned Contra Unit vs Hart Foundation feud after he got fireballed by Josef Samael, but he was released before that could happen.
    • Shinjiro Otani was originally supposed to be Davey Boy Smith Jr.’s first round opponent for the 2019 Opera Cup. For whatever reason he withdrew from the tournament and Low Ki took his place.
    • Cody Hall, the son of Scott Hall, was signed to the company in late 2020 with reported plans in place to either join the Dynasty, CONTRA Unit or even form a tag team with Brian Pillman Jr. However, the deal fell through since he didn’t really click with any of them and was granted his release just a few months after.
    • Arez was originally supposed to compete for the middleweight championship against Myron Reed at Fightland 2020. For some reason, he was taken out of the match and replaced with Laredo Kid.
    • Killer Kross debuted in early February 2020 and scored a win over Tom Lawlor, but his signing with WWE a few days later means he won't be appearing again.
    • AAA luchador Pagano was apparently being built for a world championship bout against Jacob Fatu, but the COVID pandemic cancelled those plans.
    • Mance Warner’s feud with Jimmy Havoc would have included a Taipei Deathmatch (the rules require to dip their hands in glue and then in glass before they fight) that was supposed to take place on Fusion episode #87. Warner poked Jimmy Havoc in the eye backstage, so Havoc couldn’t see to compete, and the bout was called off. Warner being a fair man proposed both men wearing hoods to fight blind which led to the Prince of Darkness match on episode #89.
    • Mance Warner’s feud with the Dynasty would have led to a triple cage tower of doom match against him, Savio Vega and a mystery partner for the National Openweight and the Carribean Heavyweight Championships (and Gino Medina’s watch) but the COVID pandemic and Ole Mancer’s contract disputes with the promotion cut those plans short.
    • Indie stars Chris Dickinson and Zachary Cooper were signed to the company in February 2020 with both scheduled to appear at that year’s Intimidation Games. Due to the COVID pandemic, the event was cancelled and both were granted their releases. Interestingly though, Dickinson later joined up with Tom Lawlor as part of his Team Filthy branch in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
    • Daga was named as an alternate in the 2020 Opera Cup, but he never appeared in after that was announced.

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